Home security and surveillance

Home security and surveillance can be an indispensable tool for keeping an eye on things while your not there. Video surveillance software allows you to use your home computer monitor as your viewing platform, and involves minimal set up using inexpensive software to connect your security cameras with a home network.

Applications can include doorway or gate security, grounds surveillance, or you can even view a hidden nanny cam right from a computer monitor inside your home. Or by logging in through the Internet to view your surveillance cameras, you can view what your security cameras see from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

In the past, it was quite expensive to maintain and implement such security systems because they were tied to expensive recorders and other fancy hardware components. CCTV Systems and other high-tech surveillance systems can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to many thousands of dollars. But now, you can turn your computer into a powerful surveillance system at a fraction of a regular security system cost.

These surveillance software packages have no monthly fees, which means that for a small one-time cost you can have remote video surveillance for a lifetime.

Most of these software surveillance systems are easy and quick to setup and require only a very basic knowledge of networking. Some of them only require you to place the CD in your computers CD drive, and the software will walk you through the process in about 5 or 10 minutes.

These surveillance software packages can be used with wired or wireless security cameras. A high quality video stream will be viewable from a computer within your home, or from anywhere with an Internet connection. One such software package that I have discovered is the Visec security software. For around $100, you can install, set up, and immediately start viewing up to four surveillance cameras, remotely, from anywhere in the world.

Using your computer’s IP address to log on, you can view live or past video, and many of these software packages even allow for a “motion detection mode” which will record video activity just when motion is detected.
They can even be set up to alert you by email, cell phone or PDA when motion is detected.

While these streaming surveillance videos can be viewed with a dial up connection, a High Speed Cable or DSL Internet connection is recommended. The use of a dial-up modem will tend to give you a choppy video due to the slow bandwidth speed of the connection, whereas a high-speed Internet connection will allow for a much smoother real-time video.

Posted in Security Cameras Comments Off

CCTV Systems Sydney

The city of Sydney in Australia is known for its fool proof security arrangements achieved through installation of a net work of CCTV security surveillance cameras in all the key points of the city.

The Sydney’s surveillance camera systems are installed in different parts of the city. It acts as an effective step for detecting crimes and other illegal activities that takes place in these areas. Almost fifty cameras are installed in prime locations of the city that includes China Town, Circular Quay, Cook and Philip Park, Bellmore Park, George Street Cinemas and in all the major retail strips of the city. This CCTV surveillance that is placed in these key locations with heavy traffic will be monitored by council security staff twenty four hours a day.

At present the Mount Street Plaza North Sydney is having two CCTV security cameras to ensure the security of the city. These cameras also are under the constant monitoring of the security officers. Fair Field City Council of the Sydney also installed twenty four CCTV security surveillance cameras in Cabramatta and Canley under the continuous observation of the security personals of the city.

Apart from this city railway security staff also will be monitoring the CCTV surveillance camera net work of the railway through out the day and night. This railway security CCTV surveillance camera net work of consists of 6224 security cameras distributed in 306 railway stations of the city.

The new build passenger rail cars of the city are now coming with an integrated passenger information system that includes CCTV system, digital voice announcements and passenger and crew communications. These new generation rail cars of Sydney city are now coming with fibre optic Ethernet train lines specially designed for CCTV recording and communicative systems in the train.

The 15 inch screen display installed in the driver’s cabin of the train allows the train driver or guard to view the CCTV images and to control DVA systems of CCTV surveillance cameras. The six cameras in a carriage can be managed by a single- HDD Caddy with the help of a transit camera or TC 100.

These CCTV cameras with 2 CIF resolution installed in the Disney city rail cars are capable to capture a rate of 6.25 frames per second per camera. The storage medias of these CCTV surveillance cameras operates in an overwrite mode that allows the older files being over written by the new video recordings. Normally these cameras provide a minimum of 168 hours data storage.

Posted in Security Systems Comments Off

Wireless CCTV – Lighting For Indoor Cameras

Wireless internet CCTV cameras, also known as wireless IP cameras, are the digital replacement for traditional analogue CCTV. Unlike their obsolete analogue cousins, most modern wireless internet CCTV cameras have a reasonable capability to produce images at relatively low light levels, but adding some illumination will make the image from indoor cameras crisper and clearer. This article will show you some of the options.

If you have installed an indoor wireless internet CCTV camera or IP camera in your home or office for the first time, you may notice that at night the image becomes dark, fuzzy and blurred. The camera will try its best in these circumstances to compensate for the low light levels, but there will be a limit to what it can do. Assuming the camera does not have infra-red lighting built in, it will simply not be able to produce images at all in a totally dark room. Let’s look at some of the possible solutions to this problem:

The first option is to choose a camera with built-in infra-red or IR lamps. Such cameras often have the ability to switch automatically between normal and infra-red viewing as the ambient light deteriorates when it gets dark. This enables the camera to send good quality images at very low light levels, although they will be in black and white when the infra-red lighting is being used, which is a side-effect of this type of light. Unfortunately, built-in infra-red lighting can add quite significantly to the cost of the camera so we’re going to have a look at the other options in the next sections.

As already mentioned, infra-red lighting produces black and white images, so if you want crisp, full colour images after dark the best way to achieve this is to add some conventional lighting to the scene. A cheap and effective solution is to have a table lamp or two dotted around the room. These can be fitted with timers so that they come on only during the night, and using low-energy bulbs makes them very inexpensive to leave on. You will have full colour images all night and even if you need to buy several lights it will likely be far less expensive than a camera with infra-red capability. The only thing to watch out for is where to place the lights. They should enhance the scene without dazzling the camera, so if at all possible the lights should be out of shot. If this is not possible, lampshades will help to diffuse the light. A certain amount of experimentation may be required to get the best results.

One of the real benefits of wireless internet CCTV cameras is their capability to communicate intelligently across the internet. This capability can be put to good use when it comes to lighting. You can obtain a very inexpensive kit from a specialist supplier that will enable the camera, unbelievably, to switch the lights on and off, which avoids them being on all night. You can get this set up so that motion detection can cause the camera to switch the lights on and it will then get a better look at any intruders! Of course, a major drawback of this approach is that the camera may not detect movement in the first place if the scene is too dark. Instead of controlling the light switching by motion detection, you can choose to switch the lights on and off manually. You can simply click a button on your camera’s web page or, amazingly, even send an SMS text message from your mobile phone to switch the lights on and off in your home, even from the other side of the world! These possibilities have only become a reality thanks to the communication skills of internet CCTV cameras, a far cry from the old analogue CCTV systems.

Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off

A Great CCTV Surveillance Set Up

When you choose your CCTV surveillance you are choosing something very important that will help you to keep a close eye on your property at all times, and to provide evidence for the police should anything go wrong. In some cases this will also help you to rig alarms for your building in order to warn of any intrusion. There are lots of factors to consider with CCTV surveillance and there are many ‘set ups’ you can use to try and maximise the effectiveness of your CCTV system. Here we will look at a great example of a CCTV set up that provides optimum security.

First of all you will use a digital CCTV camera from a good reliable make. Digital CCTV is important for many reasons as it means you can record from multiple tracks, adjust the resolution and framerate, and benefit from many of the additional benefits that we will be needing below. It’s also important to ensure that your CCTV camera is an ‘IP CCTV’ camera which means that it is ‘Internet Protocol’. This will allow you to forego having wires and to transmit footage across a wireless network. This then means that you can look at the video footage from a distance and check it on a home computer or even on a phone if you have the correct software. This lack of wires also means that you can place the cameras wherever you like – try and ensure they are positioned so that they cover the entire property, and try rotating them on a semi-regular basis in order to ensure that no-one discovers where they are located and tries to use this information to bypass them in future – it’s a great way to catch people out. Ensure also to have some cameras pointing outside so that you can catch people on their approach to your building or on their exit.

Next ensure that your security camera has motion detection or better yet video analysis. It can then be set up in order to record only when something of interest is going on on the screen. By using this you can thus prevent yourself from having to search through reams of footage at a later date. This means you can afford to check the cameras after every night and it won’t take long.

Better yet it also means that you can rig your cameras to an alarm system – or, using VoIP, get them to ring you on your mobile when anything moves. This then means that you can then look through your cameras in order to see if anything is going on – and if something seems untoward you can then call a security agency or the police or go and examine the area yourself. With VoIP you can also speak through the camera in order to warn intruders to leave or to check with staff on-site that everything is okay.

A final good idea is to have some ‘back up’ CCTV – perhaps analogue in case the digital cameras should suffer from a crash or from a power cut. Having some hidden too can mean that they bypass anyone who was trying to take the others down.

Posted in Security Systems Comments Off

Choosing The Right CCTV Security Equipment

Plenty of CCTV security equipment comes with a number of features. Generally, the more basic a security camera is, the cheaper it costs. More features means, more expense. There are security cameras that can be programmed to work with your burglar alarm kits and there are wireless CCTV kits that can be programmed to work even if you are in another country. The possibilities are endless.

Consider first whether you want your equipment to record in colour or in black and white. CCTV cameras that capture footage in black and white are known to be cheaper than cameras that capture coloured video. However, the costs of CCTV cameras that can capture coloured footage have become far cheaper recently and are quite affordable. There are also cameras that capture videos in both colour and black and white depending on the lighting conditions.

Determine what kind of resolution you would like the video output to be. Resolution is the number of lines that form the footage on a monitor. The more lines there are, the clearer the output. This can be from fourteen to five hundred lines where five hundred lines is already considered high-resolution. Make sure though, that the monitor you plan to use for your CCTV equipment can accommodate the resolution of the security camera, otherwise, getting a high-resolution CCTV camera for a monitor that cannot accommodate the expected output is a waste of money.

Consider how fast you would like the camera capture rate to be. This can range anywhere from six to thirty frames per second. Most cameras roll at six frames per second for data management because capturing footage at thirty frames per second or in real-time can be data heavy.

Decide whether you would want your camera to be in a fixed position or if you want it to be able to pan, tilt and zoom. Most cameras are mounted to take footage of a specific area without moving but there are cameras that you can control to zoom in on objects and tilt or pan for a better view of an area. These are called PTZ cameras.

Determine if you want your security camera to be wired or wireless. Wired cameras need to be planned in such a way that you know where the wires are running and should be labelled accordingly. Wireless cameras are easier to install because they do not require complicated wiring. Many models are both battery operated and mains powered.

Identify what shape and form of camera you would like to use. Your options are vast so it is important to also consider the specific purpose the camera will be used for. You can opt for bullet cameras, dome cameras, box cameras or hidden cameras. Hidden cameras are very popular for home use because it can take any shape or form.

Also consider where you plan to install your cameras and when you will be using them. If you plan to install them outside, it is best to purchase cameras that are made to be weather resistant and tamper proof while ensuring you also purchase the necessary housing. If you only plan to take footage during the evening, then infrared and night vision cameras are the best equipment for you.

Lastly, ask yourself how many cameras you plan to use. This can be from one to as many cameras as you like provided you have the necessary equipment to accommodate all of them. Be careful not to get ahead of yourself by buying a lot of cameras that you will not even need. Only purchase what is necessary.

Once you have decided on all the elements listed above then you are ready to decide what the right CCTV security equipment is for you. Integrate and program this to work with your burglar alarm kits for the best results. In fact, you do not even have to be at home to view footage of your wireless CCTV kits. You can check in to see what is going on in your home from anywhere around the world by logging in to a web interface or mobile application to view real-time footage. Choosing the right security equipment is vital in securing the safety of your family or your business.

Posted in Security Systems Comments Off